Magnificent autumn weather welcomes game fishers to the Sapphire Coast


Frank Daquino Melbourne visitor shows one of the lovely Kingfish (16Kg) he caught from the Merimbula Fishing Platform using fresh squid bait.

Congratulations to member Heather Sutterby capturing her first ever striped marlin from her own vessel Remarkable.  Heather was fishing out off the shelf from Merimbula but with the water a relative cool 19 degrees came back inside the first drop off to the 60 fathom line where she found a warm current at 22 degrees.  Unable to find bait fish, Heather trolled skirted Lumo lures with her beautiful marlin a just reward.  Seasonal yellowfin have arrived with a number of vessels finding success on and over the second drop off past the Continental Shelf.  At the FAD between Merimbula and Eden on the 70 fathom contour some magnificent Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) up to 18Kg are also reported. 

Our local reefs continue to produce well with snapper, mowong and gummy shark on offer.  Fish between Short Point and Long Point for some whoppers.  Snapper are active all along the reefs past Kianinny, Merimbula (Long Point and Haycock), Eden and Mowarry.  Best results from anchoring and burleying morning and evening at 17-20  fathoms.  Ocean flathead remain on the chew off Tura Headland, Bournda Island and Turingal Point at 20 fathoms. 

Good Australian salmon are reporting from the headlands, Tura Beach, Haycock Beach and Aslings Beach at Eden. Mac tuna continue to school in Merimbula Bay and off Haycock Beach.  This time of the year it is not unusual to pick up some lovely bream off the beaches and we have reports of beautiful bream from Main Beach using beach worms.  Best results at the top of the tide. 

Good size calamari squid have reported from the Merimbula Fishing Platform and small prawn-like jigs are working a treat.  Best time just after dawn and sunset.  Anglers are picking up some lovely yellow eye mullet off the wharf using bread burley and a bread dough mixture as bait.  As seen in the caption photograph there are also some really fine kingfish off the wharf and local headlands.  Kingfish are also reported from the Eden cruise ship wharf. 

The Bega River has not yet become fully clean following the rains.  Best results from the launching ramp jetty; bream and tailor.  Wallagoot Lake remains open with the waters clearing near the entrance.   Good dusky flathead are on offer.   The Merimbula and Pambula estuaries continue to clear.  In the lakes dusky flathead, bream, whiting and trevally are available.  Good tailor are schooling in the Merimbula top Lake.

It’s just one month now before the Clubs annual Snapper Classic, yes the weekend of 22 and 23 May.  Pencil it in!  All details on the Club’s website   The Club welcomes all locals, members and visitors to participate in the 2021 Snapper Classic.  Thanks to the Federal Governments Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants Program, in collaboration with the Bega Valley Shire Council plus sponsorship from Eden Outboards Mobile Servicing and Kane McKill Tree Service; there are over 15 prize categories with a prize pool of more than $3,500.

The Club house in Spencer Park will be open on Friday 23 April from 6.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome.  Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices.  Darragh Reynolds is the scheduled host.  All enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066.  MBGLAC Membership application, membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website.